EAB University The 2018 Fall session has been posted!
Head back to school to learn the latest about what is being done to address emerald ash borer and other invasive species in North America.
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed in Nova Scotia
Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. As of October 2018, it is now found in 35 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
Since its discovery, EAB has:
- Killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.
- Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
- Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries hundreds of millions of dollars.
Initial county EAB detections in North America & Canada
As of October 1st, 2018
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Changes/additions included since September 6th 2018:
- Initial county detection in:
- Grundy County, IA
- Wright County, MN
- York County, ME
- Providence County, RI
- Added to the list of counties quarantined by their state:
- Wright County, MN
Repealing their quarantine is the State of Michigan
For more information please click on Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development document link
- Canadian initial county detections and initial detection in Province of Nova Scotia:
- Halifax County, NS
- Addition to the Canadian EAB regulated area is as follows:
- Madawaska County, excluding the municipality of Grand Falls, NB